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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 9, 2012 3:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 4-14-85 Irvine Meadows

I was there, and we were not too excited, though as usual we had a good time , and this seems better than we thought at the time .
Some of those mid 80's Irvine shows, were a decidedly mixed bag, and I mean within the same show . Though it was closer to where I live, we always seemed to thnk they played better in Long Beach .

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Aug 9, 2012 4:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 4-14-85 Irvine Meadows

Fie on Irvine!

Irvine is a miserable and mismanaged venue - at least it was in the 80's, and I'm never going back! Never had a good time in Irvine, and the last time I went I missed half the first set because of the police-state security lines.

There were some GREAT shows played in Long Beach.

http://archive.org/details/gd1987-11-15.sbd.miller.95402.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 10, 2012 8:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 4-14-85 Irvine Meadows

I never understood how they could be so fucked up, Irvine was always a hassle . Parking, waiting in line (just let us in and we will buy your overprice products), the searches . But to be fair, some real stupid fan behavior, also .
The last time I was there (04 "Dead"?) , they had guys going up and down the aisles selling ice cream, etc. , yelling over the music , like this was a ball game . No one seemed to care . Again a lot of stupid fan behavior .
...But I never had less than good time seeing the Grateful Dead . It was just that some locations were better than others .

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Aug 10, 2012 4:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 4-14-85 Irvine Meadows

Won't have to worry about it much longer. Venue closes in the fall. Mis management has been a problem for not only fans but artists too. The concert schedule at this venue over the last few years has been minimal. Not to mention the ticketmaster issues/controversery.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Aug 9, 2012 6:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 4-14-85 Irvine Meadows

Hate to pile on, but ditto to the above two comments.